Hey, I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas have a joyous one, filled with everything you need – like happiness, love, family and good friends. Christmas is not about the gifts, or the tree or the baubles and garish lights festooning so many houses at this time of year but you wouldn’t think otherwise … More ‘Monkey’s wedding’ …
Something different (for me, at any rate). Got a bit tired of one of my larger canvasses last week, so decided to jazz it up somewhat. I don’t do this ‘pointilist’ type of work normally, so it was something strange to begin with but after a while I enjoyed the freedom. ‘What do you see?’ … More New work (not for sale)
I got me some Caran D’Ache ws oil pastels the other day and some really wonderful Bockingford Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper – A3 size – I took 20 sheets. What a difference good ground paper makes! It is really sturdy and quite stiff but takes a lot of manhandling with liquid and paint. I have … More Water-soluble Oil Pastels
Quite some time ago I started working on a series of paintings relating to the South African landscape, for some reason I didn’t finish that work. I decided to go back to one of them over the weekend and this is the result, might still do a bit more tweaking (as always!). This area holds … More New mixed media
‘Summer Glade’ Oil pastels, oil paints and ink on A3 paper. (pictures on right, to show detail) I was going for a loose feel with this one, the underpainting seems to set it all off sparkling.
These are the first in a series of flower studies. All on A3 double gesso-ed acrylic paper. ‘Cosmos – mixed’ Oils blended with glazing medium on acrylic inks background. ‘Daisies in sunlight’ Acrylics on acrylic ink background. Oil pastels and paints – blended with glazing medium on acrylic ink background. ‘Cosmos -2’ ‘Pastel poppies’ … More New series – flower studies.
I’ve titled this one, ‘On her way’ – it is inspired by the devastating mental health struggles my youngest daughter is currently experiencing after the birth of her baby almost three months ago. These last few months have been extremely traumatic for all of us but last night, when I went to visit her with … More New painting – with back story.
‘Little Field’ Acrylic inks, oil bars and oil paints on gesso-ed multi_media paper. This small painting is available to purchase here I am using this post to test out connection to my existing blog community on WordPress. I am not certain that my website is visible to you all and I’d appreciate comment if you … More New small painting
“Reef” 14″ x 10″ (A3) unframed 297mm x 420mm Liquid acrylics (inks), Rembrandt soft pastels, Pebeo gold effect foil on 140lb acrylic paper (Daler Rowney system 3)
“Woodland Light” 14 ¼” x 10 ¼” Soft pastels on paper Footnote: I got hold of this with the Galeria gloss medium – the idea was to see if this medium would be compatible and protect the pastels better than a fixative spray. What seems to have happened is the tones have darkened – … More New soft pastel work
‘Oil Poppies’ Approx. 12″ x 8″ Underpainting of alcohol inks, added area of gold metal effect medium, then overpainted with oils (not artist quality) on canvas board. I didn’t have any linseed oil or other mediums, as well as cleaning solvents, so was hesitant to try out these oils but then discovered that I could … More Various … oil and soft pastel experiments
I’m very pleased to write here that I’m going to be exhibiting five works in a local show, which is to be held towards the end of October. I understand up to a hundred artists take part in this exhibition, so this is a brilliant chance for me to meet and mingle with fellow painterly … More Art exhibition!
Surprisingly (for me … well, it always is) … I had a lot of interest in my Poppy painting and potentially it is now sold – pending collection. Woop woop … crack open the bubbly 🙂 “Poppies” 20″ x 16″ x 1/2″ Acrylics on stretched canvas.
“New beginning” Acrylic, inks, gels and pastes on stretched canvas. 17½” x 23½” x ½” Close up of texture. “Going for a walk” Acrylics on stretched canvas 20″ x 16″ x ½” Close up of texture:
I was moving things around over the weekend and ‘accidentally’ stacked my latest large painting the wrong way up. When I stood back and looked at it, I realised that it is far more dynamic this way up and has more sense of presence. There is something almost cathedral in the illusion of space. … More And flip …
“Blue shift” 50cm x 40cm x 1.5cm Acrylics, inks, pens on stretched canvas. Below to show room view (for scale)
I am going to stop now … quite happy with it on the wall. 120cm x 100cm x 4cm Acrylic, inks, pastes and gels (for texture) on stretched canvas. Below to show room view …
“In the field” 10″ x 8″ Acrylics, Inks, collage, gels, gold foil on acrylic canvas board/panel. Close ups of texture: I’ve been in a bit of the creative doldrums since I returned from South Africa, artistically speaking. Pottering about with clay hasn’t really helped, it’s just made me work small and that’s not what … More Doodling
“Big sky and windmill” 10″ x 8″ Acrylics, Inks, found collage materials (for the foreground) on acrylic canvas board. Close up: This is very much a bit of whimsy. I will not be posting on here for a few weeks, as I’m going to be in South Africa soon for a short holiday, visiting friends … More Collage on panel
“Hot – study” “10” x 8″ Inks, glitter, found items for texture, pebeo fantasy prisme paints (for the round ‘stones’ in the foreground) on acrylic canvas board. Photos to show texture: